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KDHE issues boil advisories for water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 11 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties that purchase water from the city of Emporia. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of high turbidity in the city of Emporia’s finished drinking water. High turbidity may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory self-issued by the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 1; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; Lyon County Rural Water District 5; city of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisory took effect Feb. 26, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

Ronald David Lohmeyer, 70, Coffeyville: March 1, 1949 – Sept. 24, 2019

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – Ronald David “Ron” Lohmeyer, 70, of “beautiful rural Labette County”, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Ron was born in Emporia, Kan., on March 1, 1949, to Raymond and Bonnie (Gardner) Lohmeyer.

He grew up in Osage City, Kan., where he attended school. He completed his education and became a stone mason.

At the age of 18 he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During his service he was seriously wounded in combat. He returned home but was permanently disabled.

Coffey County jury finds woman guilty of mistreatment, murder of husband

BURLINGTON, Kan. – A Coffey County jury today found Carol Sue Burris, 69, of New Strawn, Kan., guilty of one count of reckless second degree murder and one count of mistreatment of an elder person, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office reported in a press release.

The charges stemmed from the mistreatment and death of Burris’ husband, Michael D. Burris, in New Strawn from April 2016 to October 2017.

Chief Judge Taylor J. Wine presided over the trial, which began April 22. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 27, 2019, in Coffey County District Court.

Deputy Attorney General Steve Karrer and Coffey County Attorney Wade H. Bowie II are prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

I-35 pavement marking project covers Osage, Franklin and Coffey counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation has started a pavement marking project on Interstate 35. The work begins at the I-35 and U.S. Highway 75 junction and continues northeast to Eisenhower Road at Ottawa.

The existing pavement markings are being removed and replaced. Northbound and southbound I-35 traffic will be restricted to one lane with a reduced speed limit at the work zone. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by late July.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $950,000 to Traffic Control Company, of St. Louis, Mo. For more information, contact Troy Howard at the KDOT office in Garnett, 785-448-5446, or Priscilla Petersen at the Chanute KDOT office, 620-902-6433.

Boil water advisories issued for multiple public water supply systems in Lyon, Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 12 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey Counties. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of a line break in Emporia, resulting in a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory issued for the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under a boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County, city of Allen, Lyon County, Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County, city of Emporia, Lyon County, city of Hartford, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County, city of Olpe, Lyon County, Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisories took effect on July 20, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions that place the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.

  • Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it is the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Coffey County man used PlayStation to collect child porn

WICHITA, Kan. – A Coffey County man pleaded guilty today to using a PlayStation video game console to obtain child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas.

The office reported that Michael L. Stratton, 30, Burlington, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. In his plea, Stratton admitted using a PlayStation 3 to chat about child pornography and trade child pornography.

KBI arrests Coffey County sheriff’s deputy

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Matthew Vander Linden

BURLINGTON, Kan. – An investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has led to the arrest of Matthew G. Vander Linden, a deputy of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

Vander Linden, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of electronic solicitation, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The arrest took place without incident at the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation, which began Dec. 20, was initiated at the request of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. Vander Linden has been with the sheriff’s office since March 2014. Effective today, his employment at the sheriff’s office was terminated.

According to a press release, the KBI’s investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time.

Wind farm under construction; oversize loads head to Coffey County through December

The Ad Astra wind farm in southeast Kansas has begun construction and approximately 900 oversize loads will be traveling the routes listed below to locations in Coffey County for construction of the wind farm. The planned completion of the wind farm is the first week of December. Oversize loads will be traveling the below routes through that time.

The first movement of the windmill components for the wind farm began last week. The public should expect for two components to be delivered per day, Monday through Friday. The loads include transport vehicles that range in size to 209 feet in length, 16 feet 7 inches high, 16 feet wide, and 417,000 pounds gross weight.

Approximately 800 oversize loads will be transported from Emporia on Interstate 35 to U.S. 75, then south at Beto Junction to Coffey County’s 24th Road, then east.

Approximately 100 loads will be transported south out of Emporia on state Highway 99 to U.S. Highway 54, then east to U.S. Highway 75, then north to 24th Road, then east.

U.S. 75 road work in Coffey County to start Wednesday at Osage County line

Wednesday, June 24, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a 17-mile mill and resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 75 from the Osage County line south to Burlington.

The location of the project’s initial phase has changed. Starting at the Osage-Coffey county line and continuing south to Burlington, the contractor will first mill and then place an asphalt overlay on the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Traveler delays of 15 minutes or less can be expected during daylight hours.

In mid-July the project activity is expected to move to U.S. 75 inside the city of Burlington. The contractor will replace the concrete pavement at the intersection of U.S. 75 and Neosho Street.

NWS issues tornado warning for Osage, Coffey, Lyon counties

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a tornado warning for southwestern Osage County, northwestern Coffey County, and east central Lyon County until 6 p.m. At 5:34 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Neosho Rapids and moving northeast at 50 mph. Radar indicated rotation.

Possible impact is flying debris, which will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. This dangerous storm will be near Reading around 5:50 p.m., and Melvern Lake around 5:55 p.m. This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 136 and 149.

Coffey County Attorney named as 4th Judicial District judge

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Judge Douglas Witteman

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Sept. 24, 2014, the appointment of Douglas P. Witteman as district judge in the 4th Judicial District of Kansas. Witteman will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas H. Sachse, whose courtroom was in Ottawa. 

Coffey County Lake to host 10th Veterans Memorial Bass Tournament

The 10th annual Kansas Veteran’s Memorial Bass Tournament in memory of fallen Kansas Guard members will take place Saturday, April 26, at Coffey County Lake, south of Wolf Creek Generating Station near Burlington, Kan. on Highway 75.

In her first book, Ottawa author examines grisly, unsolved Coffey County murder

The house where Florence Knoblock was murdered in 1925 still stands in a pasture in Coffey County, Kansas. Photo by Stephan Anderson-Story.

 

An Ottawa author will be speaking about her first book, about a 1925 unsolved Kansas murder, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Lyndon Community Center.

Diana Staresinic-Deane’s book, Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, is about the slaying of a Coffey County woman, Florence Knoblock, which is said to be the most brutal murder in the history of Coffey County.

4th Judicial District courts to reopen May 26

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Fourth Judicial District has announced its court offices and courtrooms in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties will reopen to the public on May 26, 2020. Citizens are asked to call the court office before visiting or attending court, as most hearings will be held remotely by Zoom or teleconference. Anyone with a court date is asked to call prior to the date for assistance in setting up a Zoom hearing, possibly avoiding traveling to court altogether. Court staff can also assist with common questions by phone or email, and help make arrangements for in-person hearings if needed.

Under order of the Supreme Court and with input from local public health officials, the court has developed safety precautions and will implement a plan with the following requirements. Visitors must:

  • Pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire, developed with input from the CDC, KDHE, and local health departments.
  • Wear a mask. If you have a mask already, please bring your own. The court will have a supply of disposable masks for those who do not.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance.

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in a courtroom. The public will still be able to attend court, but the COVID-19 precautions will limit available seating. Anyone wishing to observe court is asked to call ahead for assistance. Some hearings will be available to view online.

For more information about the Fourth Judicial District’s COVID-19 precautions, contact John K. Steelman, district court administrator, Fourth Judicial District of Kansas, 785-242-6000. For information about procedures and access to Osage County District Court, call 785-828-4514.

Osage County Jail Log, April 25 – May 10, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Thank you signs help fund local pandemic relief efforts

An ongoing fundraiser for the The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund is the sales of “thank you” signs for windows and yards.

The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund was recently organized to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoting the fund as a donation hub is one way all organizations and individuals in the multi-county region can support local disaster relief efforts during the pandemic. The goal of the collaboration is to provide conduits for donations and for support of nonprofit organizations or businesses, and to collectively help the region weather the impacts of the pandemic.

An ongoing fundraiser, by Emporia Main Street and KVOE, is selling yard and window signs to help raise money for the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund.

The signs say thank you to “Hometown Heroes” and are 24 inches by 18 inches and printed in full color on both sides. Proceeds from sign sales will go to the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19 support. In Osage County, orders placed by noon May 4, 2020, will be available for pickup at Osage Garden and Produce, Osage City, on May 8.

To order signs online, see emporiamainstreet.com. Indicate your pickup location when ordering.

The fund is also accepting donations and donors can designate their donation to be used only in Osage County. Donors are also reminded that if they make a $300 or less charitable donation, the CARES Act allows for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in an above-the-line deduction for charitable gifts made in 2020 and claimed on taxes in 2021.

Worship at home with Grace Lutheran: Easter 2, April 19, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

We continue observing social distancing and the State of Kansas stay at home order.  I continue to offer you home worship resources as well as update your prayers for others.

I am saddened because of the news in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Grand Island, Neb., where the coronavirus confirmed tests have sky-rocketed! My personal ties are that I took a month long college course at Augustana College in Sioux Falls many years ago; and I served as interim pastor at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, in Grand Island. My heart goes out to the residents and the mayors of both cities who have asked their governors for stay-at-home orders, but the governors have refused.  Sadly, this will just allow the coronavirus to continue to spread, tax medical resources, and bring about more deaths.

I am angry at the lack of leadership from the White House in its denial of danger from the virus in the early months, and its continued lack of federal planning, coordination, support, and assistance to states, communities, hospitals, and nursing homes. These vulnerable people in communities and institutions need to be in our prayers.

Changes in our prayers since last Sunday: for Paul Lundgren who is home now, back to work, and awaiting radiation treatment. Also, we offer our sympathies to the Whitmer family as Pam’s cousin, Doug Boyd, passed away at KU Hospital.

Attachments for this week’s home worship are:

Hymn of Promise (1 page)
Puzzles: Jumble 4-19-20 and Wordsearch 4-19-20

Grace and peace…

Pastor Russ Glaser

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Worship

Easter is not over! While we celebrated Easter Sunday last week, the fifty day Easter Season continues until Pentecost Sunday. During this time the Lectionary (where we get the word “lesson” from) of Sunday readings invites us to dig deep into the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection. This week the gift of the Lectionary is the gift of assurance – a confidence that our faith is not just a fantasy, or a distant dream, but is something real and transforming that we can experience and live each day.

May the power of resurrection life fill our souls as we worship this week, and throughout the Easter Season!

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Pray the Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Partners announce formation of Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund

EMPORIA, Kan. – The Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and United Way of the Flint Hills have announced the creation of the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. The four partners joined forces to broaden the reach of the existing Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties surrounding COVID-19 relief.

Of the collaboration, United Way Executive Director Mickey Edwards said, “One of the things I love most about our community is our willingness to come together and support those in need. The collaboration of the nonprofit and for-profit communities joining forces in this way demonstrates that perfectly. The United Way is eager to be a part of disaster relief efforts. We are proud to be able to serve our community when needed.”

As one of the creators of the original Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund, KVOE saw the need, and worked with Emporia Main Street to start the fund to help with COVID-19 relief. “KVOE’S Live and Local mission is to serve our community, so we are excited to collaborate with Emporia Main Street, the Emporia Community Foundation and the United Way,” said Ron Thomas, general manager of KVOE. “The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund will be able to help many in need during this difficult time and beyond.”

All donations will be used to help respond to COVID-19 in the region. The Emporia Community Foundation, where the funds will be held, is waiving administrative fees for the fund.

Osage County Jail Log, March 29 – April 4, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

SOS still available to assist

The mission at SOS is to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. While COVID-19 is drastically affecting people’s daily lives, SOS offers assurance it is still able to provide help. Businesses and schools are closing, we have more questions than answers, and many of us don’t know what the next day, week, or month will bring. Our communities are struggling with stress, fear, anxiety, and finances.

For SOS clients, going to work or school allowed them a place of safety. For this reason, SOS’s services may be more important than ever. All SOS services remain available to our community: Domestic violence/sexual assault services, domestic violence shelter, child advocacy center interviews and advocacy, CASA volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children, and the Child Visitation and Exchange Center’s monitored exchanges and supervised visits. Because of COVID-19, our services may look a little different, but SOS is committed to the safety of our clients and will work around COVID-19 limitations to bring our community the quality advocacy we’re known for.

At SOS, we are doing our best to continue our services while focusing on the health and safety of everyone involved. We are continuing to staff our 24/7 Helpline, 800-825-1295, to connect victims with advocates and resources, and we will still house clients in our shelter as needed. Our CASA staff is available as always and our CASA volunteers continue their advocacy while practicing physical distancing. Our Child Visitation and Exchange Center is continuing to provide supervised visits, and our CAC is still conducting child disclosure interviews (both with a few additional health precautions in place).

To our clients and anyone in an abusive situation, we want you to know that you are not alone and, if it is safe to do so, call SOS at 800-825-1295.

Jones Trust presents 3-year grant to RCIL for youth disability services

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. has been awarded a three-year grant of more than $190,000 from the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The grant will fund services for youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-24 as they transition into adulthood. The grant will be used in part to hire a youth specialist to serve Lyon County during the first year and then Osage and Coffey counties in subsequent years.

The youth specialist will assist participants in defining their living goals and with completing the processes necessary to achieve those goals.

“RCIL is excited and grateful for the opportunity to provide individualized services to our local youth and support them to reach their education, employment and independent living goals,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “The Jones Testamentary Trust grant is a godsend.”

In addition to educational and employment services, RCIL will also provide its core independent living services to participants and their families, such as information and referral services, advocacy services, peer counseling, and independent living skills training.

The youth specialist will be stationed in RCIL’s Emporia office, which is located in the Emporia Humanitarian Center.

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